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Brawley's Beverage

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world-class

194 Ratings
Ratings: 194
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.61%
$$ - reasonable
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4620 Park Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28209-3867
United States
phone: (704) 521-1300

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dvmin98

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Brawley's is an institution in Charlotte. I used to buy my kegs at Mike's Discount Beverage next door, but realized he was upcharging me on some stuff, so I moved across the street.

The selection here is much better and Mike and his mom are super nice. He has quite a nice selection of bottles and kegs, but if you are thinking of getting anything semi special, such as KBS, etc, plan on going somewhere else. If you're not in his circle of friends, he's not going to sell you anything that is rare/semi rare. You have a better chance across the street at Total Wine.

12-12-2012 21:04:29 | More by dvmin98
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abb610

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

So I have never reviewed anything before and there is no better time than now to review the one single place/person that got me truly excited about craft beer. Almost 10 years ago I walked into Brawley's the day that NC popped the cap on the (at one time) stringent abv limit. Brawley had beers above the 6% cap that was in place just a day before. I wanted to buy the store out of all of these delicious goods so I could try all the new flavors that I had never experienced before. I got quickly shot down and the reason was that everyone should get a chance to try these beers as well, not just me. That was a new philosophy for me and I immediately appreciated what it was he was doing for the community. He had one of my favorite bands playing on the stereo which we talked about for almost the entire hour I was in the store. I felt at home and knew this was a guy that I wanted to give my business to. Since that first day I have learned a lot from Brawley. One of my first questions was "what is that spicy note I get from the 90 minute ipa?". That was the day I learned about hops. Every since, I have learned more and more about craft beer. Ten years later when I walk in that door we still talk about beer, music, weather and life. I still learn from him and I may have even shared some knowledge that he has gained from. Yes, he takes care of his regular customers which I am proud to say I am. This is a community store, not as much local community store, but a beer community store. If you walk in and ask for a highly allocated beer and thats all you have on your mind, chances are you will get shot down so that he can take care of the folks that help make that community what it is today. If its your first time in, let them know, you will be rewarded. After that visit, take some time to beergeek out and enjoy the conversations that go on in that building. It reminds me of when I used to go to the barbershop with my pops and experience the communal discussions that used to take place. You dont have to be a regular to get rewarded but contributing to the vibe that is created there rewards everyone.
As far as the beer goes, Brawley is the previously named Godfather of the craft beer scene in Charlotte. He and his staff make sure they get the new and exciting beers that come into the market along with all of staples that helped build the craft beer world. I'm an IPA guy and they do the BEST job in town to make sure what I take home is the freshest possible. As far as pricing goes, you will never see any gouging. He has the most competitive pricing of any privately owned bottle shop in the state and even rivals the big box stores and grocery stores that sell out of date shelf turds. They havent opened the taproom yet, but there is no doubt in my mind that it will also be the best around.
Everything about this place screams craft beer, community and family. Whether its talking with him, his always smiling and kind mother, talking beer trades with Shane, chatting with other beer folks or watching little Piper grow up. This place embodies small business and the community it creates. Cheers to the folks that embrace that philosophy and cheers to Boo!!!
Review #1

06-25-2014 03:12:26 | More by abb610
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asams10

North Carolina

4.57/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I make it a point to stop by here every time I'm in Charlotte or surrounding area looking for beer. They have a great selection, always seem to get a larger quantity of the limiteds which makes it easier for me to get some even a day or two after the releases, and keep a nice inventory of staples. Awesome little bottle shop that you should seek out if you're in the area.

06-25-2014 01:49:45 | More by asams10
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danmstory87

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

In my opinion this is the best bevarge store in Charlotte! Very friendly service and a awesome atmosphere! Its really hard to beat their selection and prices! I go out of my way to support Brawleys Beverage and I can't wait to get my fill of LA folie!

06-24-2014 19:43:48 | More by danmstory87
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Brawley's is a very cool little beer store. I've been in hundreds of times & Michael (owner) is super cool and helpful; he was pushing quality beer when you couldn't find it anywhere else in the Charlotte area. The prices are good and the selection is too.

That being said, anyone calling this a world class beer store is seriously misleading the public. This is a nice little local beer shop with killer service, if you're in Charlotte and in the area, drop by; you'll likely find something neat to take home. If you're looking for glassware, this place has a very nice selection for sale. I wouldn't make a long special drive for this store though. I understand it's value in our community, lots of good beer & kegs too, great local store.

If you are in the area - go to Duckworth's for draft (about 70 amazing taps) - right behind Duck's is a Total Wine with a nice selection of brews & also stop by Brawley's, they're all in the same small area. Combine the three and you've got reason for a bit of a drive in.

They're working on opening a small tap room - I imagine it will be a grand selection and I'll update my review at that time.

Still, I cannot stress enough - if you're in the area, this is a must-stop-here spot.

06-23-2014 22:20:33 | More by Mantooth
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Ccompton1856

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

They almost always have what I am looking for and always have what I didn't know I needed until I saw it there. Great place run by great beer people. I highly recommend making a stop in if you are looking for craft beer. Mike and Shane are always willing to talk beer and give great recommendations if you want to try something new. Enjoy!

06-18-2014 23:50:44 | More by Ccompton1856
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MalloryBurns


5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-15-2014 01:20:44 | More by MalloryBurns
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Funky-Brewster

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-13-2014 22:13:39 | More by Funky-Brewster
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CrusinforaBrewsin

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I've been to Brawley's several times in the past month and have had exceptional service every time. The staff is very knowledgable, friendly and go out of their way to get what you're looking for. Sometimes these places can feel like a bit if a "boys club," where staff assume I'm there following my boyfriend around or looking for some generic 6 pack, but that isn't the case here. The prices are also great, on target or often lower than other retailers in the area.

06-13-2014 22:05:56 | More by CrusinforaBrewsin
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walkinginplace

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

05-30-2014 21:40:40 | More by walkinginplace
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Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC
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